Many people cringe at the thought of a restorative dental procedure, associating it with failing dental health and tooth loss. But restorative dentistry is an important part of maintaining long term dental health and includes a wide range of procedures aimed at helping a patient keep their teeth or replace them with the best possible options for comfortable and lasting results.
Bay City restorative dentist Dr. Mahnke takes a comprehensive approach to all facets of dentistry, including restorative procedures: he takes the time to ensure that the bite is balanced and healthy before recommending any treatments to address a dental problem. It is important that all parts of the occlusal system are working together in harmony: the teeth, gums, jaw joint. If an underlying imbalance is not addressed, dentistry may not last or may produce uncomfortable results that exacerbate the imbalance in the long run.
Dr. Mahnke uses dental technology during a thorough exam to determine possible imbalances in a patient’s bite, including the T-scan: a device that can analyze the force of the bite and how the teeth are matching up with each other. Often called TMJ, an imbalanced bite typically has several signs and symptoms and can lead to more complex dental problems if untreated.
Signs of TMJ:
- Recurring headaches, especially in the morning
- Jaw and/or neck pain
- Teeth grinding and clenching, often while sleeping
- Jaw popping or clicking
Restorative dentistry can bring balance back to the bite in a number of ways: reshaping the teeth, realigning teeth with orthodontics, and replacing missing teeth. Dr. Mahnke offers these restorative services in his Bay City dentist office and will create a personalized treatment plan to address specific dental health problems and ensure that your dentistry will provide comfortable, long lasting results that support both dental health and overall well being.
Your oral health is important: a functional smile allows you to speak normally and eat a healthy diet as part of a good quality of life on a daily basis. If you have been suffering with a dental problem that is affecting your daily routine, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahnke in Bay City and discuss your options for treatment.